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Wieża Ratuszowa Kraków

The Town Hall Tower, Krakow

Wieża ratuszowa
Rynek Główny 1, 31-001 Kraków Tourist region: Kraków i okolice
tel. +48 124264334
The gothic brick and stone tower is seventy meters high and towers over the main square. It is all that remains of the town hall that was demolished in 1820. There are two characteristic lion statues on each side of the stairs that lead up it, and a museum inside.

The first mention of the architectural symbol of Krakow's power and political prestige dates back to 1316. In the Middle Ages, the building was constantly expanded, and then again in the 15th and 16th centuries. The room on the first floor is one of the most beautiful gothic interiors in all of Krakow. Formerly, it served as a treasury, today visitors can admire stonework marks called house marks, dating back to 1444. The second-floor room, the highest of the rooms, is surrounded by stone benches with a wooden porch attached to it. From the rooms on the third floor of the Tower, you can admire the panorama of Krakow, see St. Mary's Church and the Cloth Hall. If you climb the stairs to the next floor, you will be able to see the precise mechanism of the clock, which is controlled by a radio wave, guaranteeing it exact time, in accordance with the atomic pattern. Last but not least, there is the underground of the Tower. Years ago, it housed the famous Świdnica Cellar, where the city council sold beer and wine. Beyond the walls of the basement, there were dungeons and a torture chamber where the city executioner performed his duties. Today, in the basement of the tower, the Stage under the Town Hall is located, belonging to the Ludowy Theatre, and a cafe.